River Plate beat San Lorenzo 1-0 in a complicated classic and recovered ground in the Professional League

River Plate achieved a great victory 1-0 in view of San Lorenzo and gets back into the fight for the championship. In an intense classic disputed in the New Gasometer, the Millionaire broke with the two consecutive defeats thanks to the goal of Emmanuel Mama and, with one more game, it was placed four points from the top, held by Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

Likewise, Marcelo Gallardo’s team added three vital points to stay in zone from classification to the next Libertadores Cup. In this point, the cyclone got complicated who moved away from the Copa places South American. The referee was Patricio Loustauwho expelled Marcelo Herrera at 28′ of the complement.

River Plate went ahead after a first stage where they had great control, but few dangerous arrivals. San Lorenzo he just balanced the actions by averaging the first half, but paid dearly for little ambition in attack. That is why in a bad start and lack of defensive coordination, the Millionaire took the lead thanks to both Emmanuel Mamawith a shot from outside the area.

Nicolás de La Cruz was the most incisive on the visiting team. He repeatedly sought Paul Solariwho he fought more than he played and warned with a cross shot that Batalla cleared the corner. On the left he had no option to pass since milton helmet he was busy in the brand to Pocho Cerutti. and Essekiel Ship did not generate practically dangerous, more than that shot on the end to place, after a great uncheck inside the area.

During much of the stage, River Plate pulled the strings, but it was difficult for them to break the line of 9 players, between defenders and midfielders, well grouped behind that he deployed. The medium-distance shots were an option, also the ball stopped with a sharp center from De La Cruz that Batalla cleared with his fists.

The first of San Lorenzo arrived just at 15 ‘, when Giay sent a spicy center for Bareiro, but before Mammana rejected to the corner El Ciclón relied on the unbalanced feet of Barrios, but el Perrito quickly wore out since, like Cerutti, he had to control Marcelo Herrera’s advances in this case. The local warned again with a Bareiro’s header that went over the topafter a corner executed by Cerutti.

Until River Plate’s goal came to the 39 minutes. A bad start in defense of San Lorenzofatigue played a trick on Barrios, and after a series of first touches he was left with a bad clearance given to mammanathat He did not hesitate and hit him first from the crescent. It was so cornered that although Batalla threw himself, he could not avoid the goal.

San Lorenzo and River Plate met for date 20 of the Professional League (@fotobaires.arg)

In the complement, Ruben Insua sent Andrés Vombergar to the field to try to have more offensive weight, but the equation did not change much. For his part, Marcelo Gallardo was forced to change Simón who only injured his ankle. And then, he suffered another setback due to Marcelo Herrera being sent off at 28′.

Since then, the party broke up completely. Pinola entered River Plate to rearm the defense (an exhausted De La Cruz left), while in San Lorenzo the work of Perrito Barrios grew a lot. From his sector, the left, came the overflows and the chances to tie.

A seeker in which Jalil Elías almost converted, another forced shot from the crescent by Martegani with his less skilled leg and two chances by Nicolás Blandi, who returned after a long time: the first was anticipated in the small area by Mammana and in the second, he scored a goal, but it was disallowed because he was in an advanced position.

With 20 dates out of 27 already disputed, Marcelo Gallardo’s men do not have too much margin for error. After the defeat against Boca Juniors in La Bombonera and the subsequent fall against Banfield in the Monumental, the Millionaire achieved a vital victory to catch on in a fight for the championship that now has him four points from the top (the pointer Gimnasia will visit Central Córdoba of Santiago del Estero on Tuesday).

For its part, San Lorenzo ended a streak of six games without defeats, but the statistics are misleading because the last four had been draws, so they cannot win five games ago. In this way, he moved away from the classification zone to the South American. Although the team settled with the arrival of Ruben Darío Insua as coach, reality shows that it is five points away from the Cup positions.


San Lorenzo: Augustus Battle; Federico Gattoni, Cristian Zapata, Gastón Hernández, Agustín Giay; Juan Ignacio Mendez, Jalil Elías, Malcom Braida, Nahuel Barrios; Ezequiel Cerutti and Adam Bareiro. DT: Ruben Dario Insua.

River Plate: Franco Armani; Andres Herrera, Emanuel Mammana, Paulo Diaz, Milton Casco; Enzo Perez, Nicolas De La Cruz; Santiago Simon; Pablo Solari, Lucas Beltrán and Esequiel Barco. DT: Marcel Gallardo.

TV: ESPN Premium.

Stadium: Pedro Bidegain.

Referee: Patrick Loustau.


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